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VIDEO: Former Arsenal striker Julio Baptista scores first goal in 18 months

Julio Baptista

Former Arsenal attacker Julio Baptista made a long awaited return to the scoresheet in La Liga at the weekend.

Remember Julio Baptista, aka 'The Beast' from his time in the Premier League?

He spent a season on loan with Arsenal in 2006-07, but his performances largely failed to live up to the hype of such an exciting nickname.

After moving to Roma, he ended up signing with Malaga - where his career has been on hold for the past year-and-a-half.

The Brazilian suffered a complex Achilles injury, which with a number of setbacks kept him out of action for the best part of 16 months.

He returned in time to play a part in Malaga's progression to the Champions League quarter-finals over Porto, although was lacking form and was outshone by Manchester City loanee Roque Santa Cruz.

Baptista was yesterday handed a start away to Ray Vallecano, as Malaga continued their quest to finish in the top four - and scored his first goal since his return to action.

A second half header direct from a corner in the 55th minute, it was in his seventh game since his comeback.

To find out the last time he scored, you have to travel back 18 months, before his injury - for Malaga against Getafe in October 2011.

The goal will no doubt be a weight off his shoulders and he will now hope it is the first of many. For Malaga his return and goal is a huge bonus with a Champions League quarter-final tie around the corner.

Check out his goal below...

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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